Where would Santa find Finnish flavors in Japan?

| Dec 19, 2013

Where would Santa find Finnish flavors in Japan?

Dear readers, I have made a wonderful discovery: Finnish cinnamon rolls, korvapuusti, are not just cinnamon rolls. They are cinnamon and cardamom rolls and they are delicious. Also, korvapuusti translates to “slapped ear” — perhaps because the dough is rolled rather than coiled — ...

Korean treats that predate the Wave

| Sep 19, 2013

Korean treats that predate the Wave

Forget Shin-Okubo’s Koreatown. When I asked Korean friends and acquaintances where to go to find authentic Korean food in Tokyo, several pointed me in the opposite direction, to Akasaka. Specifically, I was told to try the soup at Akasaka Ichiryu Bekkan (2-13-17 Akasaka, Minato-ku, ...

Barbecue like they do it in the South

| Aug 15, 2013

Barbecue like they do it in the South

“Hamburger shops are a dime a dozen in Tokyo these days, but there are very few places doing barbecue,” said Lauren Shannon, owner of Bulldog Barbeque (www.bulldogbbq.jp). By barbecue, Shannon doesn’t mean any old thing thrown on a grill, but rather the tradition of ...

A delicious Caribbean vacation for your taste buds

| Jul 18, 2013

A delicious Caribbean vacation for your taste buds

“There are no palm trees. It looks like a typical Caribbean restaurant. Like home, not the beach,” says Petra Laptiste, a Canadian of Caribbean descent, describing her favorite Caribbean restaurant in Tokyo, JamRock (1-21-15 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; 03-3478-2364; www.jamrockcafeonline.com). JamRock doesn’t peddle hackneyed images ...

Bite into the journals of a Japanese burger critic

Mar 8, 2013

Bite into the journals of a Japanese burger critic

Many Japanese foodies are enamored with the hamburger, in much the same way that their American counterparts are often besotted with ramen. The number of hamburger shops in Tokyo has exploded in the last decade, but there are also signs that the fascination runs ...